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Quitting social media is easy. The hard part is handling what comes after this “extreme” step. I should know. I deleted all my social media accounts mid 2013.

There was no momentous event that led me to give up the likes of Twitter and Facebook. I felt like I needed a clean break from social media and I ensured that I got it.

I often purge things from my life in dramatic sprees. Social media just happened to be one of those things. Sure, I could have scaled down my social media usage or at least stuck with a single social network. But I don’t like half measures, so I ended up deleting every social account Why Is It So Hard to Delete Social Media Accounts? Why Is It So Hard to Delete Social Media Accounts? You can't just go to your account settings, click Delete and watch your profile vanish into a collection of ones and zeroes. The Internet is very good at remembering things. Read More with my name on it.

Let’s show you how that turned out. If you’re planning to give up social media How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] For whatever reason you may have, one day you might find yourself wanting to delete a Facebook account. Perhaps you had a few accounts and want to delete the extra ones. Maybe you want to... Read More yourself, take notes.

Unexpected Reactions

When I quit I knew I might have to give the occasional explanation about why I wasn’t part of any social network. But I wasn’t prepared for the extremes of reactions that came my way from friends and strangers alike.

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First there was genuine concern from some people that something had gone wrong in my digital life Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great We all know that social media updates aren't always authentic, but what's actually happening to our identity as we post that update to Facebook, or send that video over Snapchat? Read More . Some others thought I was just being contrary and tried to either cajole or coerce me into returning. A few were even scornful and responded with you-will-be-back-in-a-week smirks.

I continue to get similar reactions even now, although they have decreased in frequency and they don’t bother me like they used to do before. The people closest to me have somewhat accepted that I won’t be returning to social media anytime soon. That I’m more willing to meet them in person gets ignored. That I refuse to “stop being anti-social” online continues to be the topic of never-ending debate.

Feeling Directionless Online

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You might use the web for several things other than Facebooking, but once you give up Facebook, you’ll wonder what those other things are.

Yes, every time you open your browser, you might be at a loss to decide what to do. You won’t know where to go next, because your go-to web hangout — Facebook — is out. But don’t worry. This won’t last long. You’ll soon discover distractions of a different kind and even find more time to learn a new hobby Learn a New Hobby Today with 10 Popular Udemy Courses Learn a New Hobby Today with 10 Popular Udemy Courses Our hobbies are taking a back seat. Thanks to online classes, you can do something about it. Here are 10 popular Udemy courses to get you off the couch, and into a new hobby. Read More . I latched on to interesting newsletters and feeds as a replacement for social media.

Being out of the Loop

You know those moments when everybody knows what’s going on and you’re the only clueless person around? Expect many more of them. Not staying up to date on Facebook statuses and Twitter goings-on Why Everyone Needs Twitter in Their Lives Why Everyone Needs Twitter in Their Lives What can you get in a mere 140 characters that changes your life or has a deep, meaningful impact? Turns out, you can get a lot. Read More equals missing out on all the juicy references in conversations and not getting jokes because “you had to be there”. You’ll also have to field (several) requests to join other, often obscure social networks.

Want to see you best friend’s vacation photos? You’ll have to wait for her to mail them to you. It’s not like you can log in to Facebook yourself to see them, can you? Meanwhile everyone you know has seen them already.

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Sometimes I did wish I could create a private social network, but then I realized that it already exists in the form of group messaging apps like Hangouts and WhatsApp. Now I’m content to have one-to-one conversations or group video calls on Hangouts.

If you’re quitting social media, you’ll also need to find alternative, sometimes old-school, ways to keep in touch with friends and family — ways that are convenient for you and them.

Internet Gatekeepers

Only when you have deleted your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts will you grasp the extent to which the web depends on these three giants. I have had to forgo many interesting services for the sole reason that I didn’t have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, or a Google+ profile to sign in with. I wonder what happened to good old email signups.

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Derailed Job Searches

Job hunts are the worst hit by the lack of a social media presence. Awesome social media skills seems like a permanent fixture in job descriptions these days.

Staying up-to-date on LinkedIn Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You A remote or telecommute job is the holy grail of job searching. Leverage the resources on LinkedIn to find your dream job. Read More , participating in Twitter chats, joining discussions in Facebook groups — these definitely open up more opportunities to get ahead in your career 10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your Career 10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your Career Social media can be an invaluable tool when looking for a new job, or even when trying to boost your skills for your current role. Try these ideas and see how you go. Read More . That’s not a bad thing at all. What’s disturbing is that social media skills are sometimes considered more important than the technical skills that are actually required to fulfill a role.

When it Comes to Social Media, Never Say Never

I do have one social media account. It’s work related and happens to be my MakeUseOf Google+ profile. I also use Twitter (without an account) to search for tweets to include in my articles.

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Last year I also created a Facebook account again because I was participating in an online challenge and it required participants to join a dedicated Facebook group. While the idea of supporting each other to ship a product in ten days appealed to me, the constant social interaction required as part of the contest rules felt overwhelming to me.

Once I decided to opt out of the challenge and continue with the project at my own pace, I felt relieved. And as I did not have any further use for the Facebook account, I deleted it (again!).

You’ll need to stay prepared to jump back into social media because some aspect of your work might demand it. See if you can find a suitable workaround instead. If not, think of social media as a means to an end and do what you can to make social networks help you at work Not Just For Slackers: 5+ Ways Social Networks Can Help You At Work Not Just For Slackers: 5+ Ways Social Networks Can Help You At Work For many of us, social networks are just a passing trend. We spent much of our lives without them, and we don't see them as necessary in any way. In fact, many of us tend... Read More . At the same time, don’t be afraid to cut down on your social media commitments if they’re detracting from your actual work.

Social Un-networking

My exit from the social media scene has sometimes frustrated (but mostly delighted) me.

Do I miss not being part of a social network? Not anymore. Maybe it’s because I know that I can go back to social media any time I feel like it. My introverted personality might also have something to do with it.

What’s the best thing about being off social media? The automatic shift in focus from what everyone else is doing to what you want to do. The fading Impostor syndrome, too!

Am I missing out on work opportunities by giving up social media? You bet I am, but I’m also drawing more of those that are perfect for me.

Will I ever become actively involved in any social network? Sure, why not? As long as it’s something I’m comfortable with or it’s a necessary aspect of a job/business I love, I have no problem using social media a second time. But I won’t make the decision lightly, because I don’t want to get caught up in a digital whirlwind What Happened When I Went Completely Offline For A Week What Happened When I Went Completely Offline For A Week Living in the Internet era has changed us to such an extent that the idea of having to live completely offline even for a little while sounds like a prison sentence. But it really isn't. Read More again.

Get Social (or Not)

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Many people thrive on and enjoy the kind of dynamic, fast-paced interaction The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] Social networking isn't for everyone, but it's now such a massive part of all our lives, whether we embrace or reject the notion, that it can no longer be ignored. But are social networking sites... Read More that social media provides. But for many others, social media is just another distraction The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] I have accounts on several social networking sites, and spend far too long on them writing my own updates and reading the updates of others. I enjoy doing so, being able to interact with friends,... Read More that feels like a necessary evil in these times.

As I see it, there are no definitive right or wrong approaches to social media. There are only those that work or don’t work for you. Of course, it’s still worth considering if we’re better off without social media Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great We all know that social media updates aren't always authentic, but what's actually happening to our identity as we post that update to Facebook, or send that video over Snapchat? Read More .

Have you ever given up social media either temporarily or for good? What prompted you to do so? What came next? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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  1. MinaHayes
    September 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I gave up facebook in 2012 and never really looked back. I was literally becoming ill scrolling thru my newsfeed and seeing a bunch of narcissist, pretentious fakery from majority of my 350 "friends". Here's what I dont miss;
    -The one girl who always had a headache and always jokingly griping about her kids and husband so everyone would think she has the perfect life..although he was cheating on her with all of their grade school friends...
    -The guy that posts just for likes. Always something mind boggling, supposed inspiration or a call for attention by posting a long RIP tribute to his "homie" that was killed 5 years ago..again posting for likes, not because he really misses his buddy.
    -The lady that felt the need to post her entire day and life from start to finish. She'd post about waking up, declaring that the day is beautiful and she's ready for it. She'd tag every single place she went for the day, posting random selfies with "inspirational words" about any and everything, making it appear that life was great. Problem was, I knew her in real life and knew her life was nowhere near rosey.
    -The random old "friends" from the past that would inbox me wanting to reconnect as if they forgot that they're already in the right place..the past.

    I may not know how much fun it appeared the parties were, but I don't miss being dragged into everyones circus without buying a ticket.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      September 21, 2016 at 5:32 am

      That must have been such a relief, Mina :) I guess everyone has some variation of those types of "friends" on their timeline. They made an appearance in one of our posts as well.

  2. Soren
    September 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I used to be very active on social media, particularly FB, Twitter & Instagram. Although i did meet some nice people on those sites, i also found them to be far more of a distraction than anything else. I dare say i even became boring, due to spending more time inside my house & less time outside doing interesting & exciting things. For the first few weeks, i was tempted to go back, but that waned when i discovered a couple of new hobbies that excite me far more than watching a feed. It may be a dramatic comparison but i liken it to when i gave up alcohol & discovered my weekends were way more fun with a hangover. Social media has it's use and it's good for those that use it sparingly, but for me, i sleep far more peacefully & enjoy my days more without it.

  3. Philippe
    September 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I deleted all my social media ( facebook, twitter, instagram) about 3 years ago, since i'm done with all of this useless distraction. People these days have the illusion that even before going to sleep or just after waking up, they need to know whats going on at the other side of the world. Stressing your brain for 1 hour for something that has no influence at all to your life. People should live more consciously and focus on their own life/tasks. Productivity has proven to be going down since the smartphone has been introduced. No wonder, since many (social media) apps act as a slotmachine; addicting. Focus on your own life and not on the virtual one in your pocket! A digital burnout is just around the corner.

  4. Michele
    September 1, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I closed all my sn accounts six months ago because i was feeling addicted to them. Yesterday my nine years old son told me that i should have tried to get back at least to instagram so i download the app, created an account, upload a cool profile pic and before posting a single photo i felt sick and bored.

  5. Kristina Rio
    August 30, 2016 at 3:32 am

    In June this year I decided to delete (or deactivate the ones that wouldn't allow me to delete) all my social media accounts. Included Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Snapchat. I'm not going to lie it was a tough decision however my main reasoning was that I was about to go on an overseas trip and to be frank I didn't want to feel the pressure of constantly posting statuses and pictures. I wanted to enjoy my holiday and just relax. Prior to my trip I also had a couple of weddings to attend to, and even though the weddings were beautiful and it wasn't about me I had grown insecure over the last year due to some weight gain and I didn't feel comfortable posting pictures of myself or being tagged in photos for the world to see. Actually, come to think of it insecurity was the main reasoning. I spent too much time scrolling through other people's lives and questioning myself, rather than doing the things I wish I could do. My Facebook usage from when I first set up my account to when I deleted it did drop dramatically. Before I would check-in at every place I went to. I tagged all the people I was with. I had photo albums of my life for everyone to see. The thing that changed me was that an ex of mine was using that very same tool to stalk me. That's when I realised I needed to be more cautious on what I was posting. I used Facebook less and less and soon enough it was just a tool to snoop into other people's lives. Now c'mon...you have to admit that's pretty unhealthy. I loved Instagram for the fact that I loved looking at motivational fitness pictures and quotes plus it also gave a small window to some celebrities. I alos love sharing experiences with other business likes cafes, resorts, adventure, etc so I enjoyed that promoting aspect of it.Instagram was harder to delete for me than Facebook which is why I will admit I created a new Instagram account. Instagram for me was my tool to connect to my favourite celebrities or celebrities and people alike that inspired me. I'm trying to keep my usage down but at time I have found I've just the last 3 hours scrolling. Oh well. I jumped on the Twitter and Snapchat bandwagons out of curiosity. I was fairly active on them for a while but it got too much for me to try keep up, and I ended up spending hours watching and reading everything before my day could actually start. I had to say goodbye because it ended up just being a digital gossip tool and when I did say goodbye a huge weight was lifted. Tumblr was just a tool for me to use to blog but then I realised I didn't have much to blog about so saying goodbye to that was no big deal. I have to say quitting and staying off most of the social media platforms has been great. I'm back on Instagram and Pinterest (Pinterest tends to flag some really good ideas). I feel like I can concentrate on me more and spend less time looking into other people's lives. For the ones closest to me they have my number, and for the ones that live overseas that I ACTUALLY keep in touch with I have other data messaging apps. Switching off and logging off is great :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story, Kristina :) I was quite active on FB, Twitter, etc. for about eight years before I quit. Now I can't imagine going back to them. I also prefer one-on-one conversations and messaging apps now...

  6. Cheryl Boston
    August 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I have just posted on FB that I am done with it. I said if anyone wants me they can contact me via email, skype or phone. I posted all contact details as well. I will leave FB up for a few weeks to give whomever wants those details a chance to take them, then I will kill FB for good. My reason? FB is the source of too much bad energy.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      FB can make you think you're the only one having to deal with more bad days than good :)

    • Marc Gaspard
      September 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      I am out of social media for the past 5 months. Had more than 500 + connections. I did the same... posted my contact details and deleted my accounts after a while... none other than my close friends and relatives did contact me... you will not even feel a pinch of loss by doing this... instead you will find time to spend with your loved ones...

  7. BF
    August 19, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I have never had a facebook, twitter, instagram or any other social media account. Ever. For a long time (many years) the nature of my work forbade it and after I was again free to do so I was simply used to being without it. I must say (I mean this in a spirit of relief, not smug-ness) watching all of my friends and family and how much it affects, and often rules, their emotions, relationships, and lives in general I am certain that I have far less stress and a more enjoyable day-to-day experience of just "living" than they do. Everyone who knows me knows I dont do social media and they have my phone number and they use it. I have long and great conversations with my friends and family. I travel to visit people I havent seen in a while and enjoy seeing how they have changed or not since I saw them last. Friends come over to show me their latest purchase or project because they know I didnt see the "posts" and it results in more meaningful time together. When I go on vacation I dont feel anxiety -as I have seen others have- over not having service to check their news feed, I'm too busy enjoying my vacation. I get pictures -like real actual pictures- mailed to me from family that I can put up on the wall and they are usually accompanied by handwritten letters and even sometimes little trinkets or keepsakes. Maybe because I've never really been plugged in I dont know what I'm missing? But I'm a young man and have plenty of time to delve into all that stuff later if I choose. Until then, I am perfectly content and thankful when I see my friends freaking out about some ignorant post someone just made that simply must be dealt with, to go on living my life -most of it outdoors- and being 'present' in it (as the article puts it) instead of playing out my relationships in what amounts to virtual reality. Life is far too short to live it on a computer server in my humble opinion.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      What an interesting story! That's the kind of life I'm aiming for. It's good that friends and family have been accepting of your decision to say no to social media. Not having had a social account ever has definitely worked in your favor :)

  8. VIG
    August 12, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA MANY TIMES BUT NEVER SUCCEEDED I LOVE EDITING PHOTOS

  9. Skye
    August 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Hey There!
    Regarding Social Media - Facebook is the only one I have used for years. I never really got into any of the others as much as I have as FB. But recently, I have gone through phases of being depressed from jealousy of others' lives thinking "Why can't that be me?" or "Why can't I be doing that?". As well as feeling drained from pointless arguments through posts and comments. Myself being guilty, I wondered what was happening to my good nature. I went from a nice, sweet, kind 16 year old girl to a jealous, insecure one. Which was the moment I realized: I have to quit Social Media.
    From the mindless scrolling through my News Feed to the silent judgement I had felt from friends and strangers alike with every Status Update I made. It just wasn't worth the anxiety, depressed phases, insecurity, etc. Not to mention how I noticed the changes in my behavior towards others and myself. I had become overly critical of every action I made inside and outside of Facebook. None of it, I feel, has left a good impact on me.
    So, I deactivated my current account, thinking all was well for about 7 days. Until the fear of not having Social Media would impact my employment hit my brain, I obsessed about re-making a Facebook or activating my old one. I eventually gave in and made a new one, mentally labeling it "Work Facebook". Though, it came back to me later knowing well enough it was on "Display" considering I had "quit" Social media. It just bothered me way too much.
    But, with school starting soon (I'm schooled online which is another reason why I wanted to quit Social Networking asap) and taking my chances with employment, I deactivated that account too and said goodbye to the old Social Network.
    Honestly, it has been rough. 1 week has gone by, I haven't been on once. But I have definitely improved in many ways. I am legitimately happy for others and their successes, I have more time to spend with family and gardening, I have much more energy to tackle tasks at the end of day, I can think much more clear making efficient and reasonable decisions, but most importantly made some time for Self-Improvement. And many more!
    Quite frankly, if you are even thinking about quitting, I highly suggest it. Even just for a week to a month. It makes a huge difference and gives you lots of free time! Either way, I don't regret quitting one bit and I would love to see more people thinking the same. :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thank you for sharing your experience with using and quitting social media, Skye. Glad to hear it has all worked out well for you despite the initial hiccups :)

  10. samantha
    August 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I deleted ALL social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have yet to regret it. Sure some thought I fell off the deep end but there is such a peace with not constantly being connected. I've been able to focus my energy on more productive things.

    • Skye
      August 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      I definitely agree with you there! In fact, I have made sure most of my actions or what I end up doing in my free time is productive. That wouldn't of happened if Social Media wasn't kicked out of the picture!

  11. AntisocialHermit
    August 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I detest all social media. It's exclusively for mindless idiots.

    • Rebecca Henchey
      September 16, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Glad to know I'm not alone!

  12. Michael D
    July 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I like that I can share this article on Facebook and other social media accounts; seems kind of ironic, haha.

    Joking aside, you've given me a lot to think about. :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      July 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Haha...glad to hear it :)

  13. Anon
    July 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I deleted my Facebook profile and all other social networking in 2009 when I found out about the death of one of my closest friends from the comments on her Facebook page. How can such a false environment be the place to communicate such a devastating thing. I am strongly against the way in which these websites are used for communication. It makes me sad we can't go back to the way it used to be when we'd pick up a home phone and call our friends and arrange to meet in person.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      July 9, 2016 at 4:57 am

      That's awful. Unfortunately that's the way things are these days...

  14. Danielle
    May 30, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Hi! I have been Social Media free since April! I am loving it! I do have youtube cause I do like watching videos and I have found that I have more free space on my phone and I can play games and I have found several that dont constantly tell me to log in to facebook or twitter.

    • Danielle
      May 30, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Oh! I got tired of the drama of Social Media and that is why I decided to drop it.

      • I hate annoying people!
        June 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        What an annoying comment! It doesn't make any sense! You shouldn't have posted these two comments... People got rid of social media for a reason... They need they cannot stand other people like you!

        • Shut Up
          June 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

          This type comment is why I left social networking. Why did you feel you needed to bash this person? Did you high five yourself after this?

  15. Anti-social INFJ photog
    May 21, 2016 at 4:21 am

    People are annoying on social media nowadays, that's why I've deleted it last month (April 2016)! I hate the currents trends, gossips, b*tches and memes that I usually see on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Stop it! It's so annoying, but most people still keep on doing it! I'm actually happy without my social media because I can focus on the things that I do on real life like playing video games, reading, writing, going outside alone, etc. Social media wasn't this annoying on the past years when I was a teenager around the early 2000's and below. I hate those people that constantly post memes, selfies and being a fake b*tch! It's really a bad influence! I only have my Google+, but I don't post anything there and it's just linked to my G-mail account for job hunting and e-mailing purposes only. I don't like comparing myself to other people, because I know I'll get upset if I see their photos when they are much happier than me (better friends, money, etc.)... Without social media, I will not see them anymore and those people who doesn't like me will not see me too and it's better that way... I'm a misanthrope and somewhat misogynist (but I like non b*tchy type of girls), so my advice to those who doesn't like memes, celebrities and annoying posts on social media, to get rid of it so you can focus on yourself without comparing to other people... Just be who you are... :| -anti-social INFJ photographer / writer

    • MinaHayes
      September 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      You are soooo right!! I deleted my social media 4 years ago for the same reasons. I was tired of all the trends and fakeness...I don't miss it, not one bit. I'm too busy enjoying my real life full of family, my bff (I only have one cuz that's all I need), spirituality, my career, routines, traveling, reading, watching my favorite sitcoms, cannibis and wine! I managed to finally fall in love with myself and it feels great...no social media for me, it ruins everything, including your self esteem.

  16. C Man
    May 18, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Lol none of you are capable of quitting social media for good, I'm a rare exception. No YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, etc. accounts. It's been a really long time too and I've never looked back.

    Well actually.. I have a FB account with 0 friends or anything, because I need one to comment on websites (which is so stupid).

  17. Abby
    March 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Hey! I'm a junior Journalism major at The College of New Jersey, and am working on a feature piece for my magazine writing class. The topic of my piece is on the effects of social media on communication, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in answering a few questions about your experience without social media for my article? I'd really appreciate it!
    My email is burnsa7@tcnj.edu, please email me if you are interested.
    Thanks!
    -Abby

  18. Christopher Keller
    March 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I have Google+ and that's IT. I don't really consider it a "social media network" as much as I do an "attachment to my gmail" and that's about IT.

    Have I missed out on ANYTHING? Nope! Have I abandon friends, family and the like? I hope to heck YES! LOL.

    Social Media is good for one thing: Wasting a LOT of time. Time is a non renewable resource, and the older you get, the less you want to be "on social media".

    I did have a Facebook account, and got really tired of people "posting their last sneeze" or yet ANOTHER baby picture. Ain't MY baby, it's YOURS! I really don't care about the kid!

    I feel that those "lost souls" are the ones that are constantly on Social Media trying to somehow validate their lives.

    Just one idiot's take on "social media".

  19. Brian
    March 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely have deleted everything, except my music page on "Bandmix.com" (as I use that to display music I've recorded for potential customers), but since I don't pay for full access, I can't be contacted. Just as well.

    For the most part, I'm a misanthrope, so social media is a time soak, right out of the gate. If I want you in my life, you'll know it...if not, you'll know that, too.

    I do not miss it at all. Especially during an election year. I have friends that are hardcore left, and hardcore right, and they tend to duke it out on my page, or worse...attack me for not being in lockstep with their views.

    Fini.

    • Brina
      May 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Well said. Keeping it ?.

      • I hate annoying people!
        June 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        WTF! Brina! What a nonsense reply / comment! The reason why he kept it is that he wants to keep his music library and there's nothing wrong with that! I'm a misanthrope too and we have a reason why we've become one because of the annoying people in this society like you!

        • Brina
          June 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

          Awww look a keyboard warrior!! How cute! You are the reason why people drop social media, because of miserable trolls like yourself. Go back under your bridge, and I'm sorry if you weren't hugged enough as a child. Here is a dog biscuit for your "efforts".

  20. fcd76218
    March 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Social media is like hard drugs. Once you get hooked, it is very hard to kick the habit. Unfortunately, free-lancers need social media to find job opportunities.

    "@bishella if you quit social media then you won't get any likes anymore at all."
    Shows what this person's priorities are. (S)he worries more about being stroked (likes) by questionable online "friends" than about meaningful interaction.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      You're right. Freelancers do need social media for job opportunities. It has helped me with my past job searches as well. Sometimes it's hard to remember how things worked before social media (or even the web) came onto the scene :D

  21. Dylan
    March 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I went through the same thing in 2013, removed myself from everything other than Google+, on which a game I was playing was reliant.

    The reactions, the lack of in-the-know moments, the peace and quiet of not having to see what everyone had for breakfast or what their cat was doing 9 hours of the day.

    The biggest frustration, as you have pointed out is that these social media sites rule a lot of the login gateways to other interesting opportunities. I have created throw away twitter accounts on temporary email password sites just to be able to get access to learning media. It is sad how reliant the world is on this, and how much time is drains from a persons daily living.

    Like you, my only exposure to it now is business related, and even then I keep it minimal and I am no worse off for it.

    Thank you for your post, was nice to relate to someone regarding this.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Good to hear that, Dylan. I'm in awe of people who can take in everything that goes on in social media and yet manage to stay sort of detached from all of it. If I could do that, I probably would't have quit :)

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  23. Bben
    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I have a twitter and linkedin account, but I never check them. I was forced to sign up at both for something I was doing. I think my G+ is still alive, but don't expect me to reply. I took a look at FB and ran away. The same people who scream about the NSA collecting their data seem to be perfectly comfortable giving the same data and more freely to FB to be sole to any scammer who is willing to pay. At least NSA just keeps it on a secret server somewhere and doesn't sell it to any one willing to pay.

    I do have several relatives that expect everyone to check FB several times a day and have missed a few family events because I don't have a FB account. They refuse to believe I can exist without FB running all the time. And obviously if I don't read every silly post they make I am at fault for not finding out about somebody birthday party until a week after.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Yeah, tell me about it

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